The MAGIC (Mobilization for Adolescent Growth In Our Communities) initiative was founded in 2004 by the Office of the Public Defender, in response to a community-identified need to address the impact of trauma, poverty, and violence on children and youth in targeted San Francisco districts. 

In 2006, the program expanded to serve the Fillmore District | Western Addition communities with the expanded mission to facilitate, coordinate and develop community resources that support service providers. Mo’MAGIC’s Collaborative formed a meaningful partnership between community residents, faith-based organizations, city and county agencies, nonprofit organizations, schools, and other stakeholders. It brings together service providers to plan year-round activities with the goals of building a strong community bond, decreasing violence in the community, and disrupting the school to prison pipeline. 

In 2011, Mo’MAGIC and Collective Impact partnered together to expand their reach and strengthen their ties in the community. Over the last decade, with Collective Impact as its fiscal sponsor, Mo’MAGIC has convened more than 50 service providers and created meaningful and lasting opportunities for Western Addition youth to grow, succeed, and achieve. Together we serve over 2,500 children, youth, and their families annually (this number will likely shrink this summer and school year due to COVID-19 related social distancing orders). By combining the efforts of these organizations, all of the participants served reap the benefits of the entire collaborative.